Ferguson, Missouri: A Case Study in Urban Policing

The fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown sent hundreds of angry protesters into the streets of Ferguson, Missouri last week. There, chaos erupted as police and demonstrators clashed amid smoke bombs and stun grenades. 

This hour, we take a closer look at the social and racial tensions behind the Ferguson riots. We talk about some of the responsibilities and tactics being employed by law enforcement, and we ask: What exactly is the role of police today? And when does it go too far?


  • Rev. Henry Brown - Co-founder of Mothers United Against Violence
  • Shafiq Abdussabur - Police officer and author of A Black Man’s Guide to Law Enforcement in America
  • Chief James Rovella - Hartford Police Department
  • Kriston Capps - Staff writer at CityLab